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chris phillips -
Subject: Port Chester Rocks
Other than Dark Star what really grabs me from 2/18 is the fantastic Sugar Magnolia.
All right, I'll be "that guy" and stand up on my hind legs as a minority voice of dissent here. It seems like a lot of people are bowled over by the historic nature of the show, not the performance itself. I've never succumbed to that kind of voodoo and, while there are some great moments throughout, I just can't ignore this nagging need to want to grab the band's cage and really rattle it.
Set 1 has some of the best highlights - the messy, exciting Bertha absolutely smolders, and the wooden-guitar Greatest Story > JBG is another hot ticket. The DS > WR > DS > Uncle has been written about so often I think there isn't much more to add - it's a true-blue classic jam and just *essential* Dead listening.
The rest of the set either suffers from feedback (Truckin') or a rather indifferent band at the helm, or a combination of the two.
Set 2 - One lone recommendation here: Sugar Magnolia. The band suddenly feels like they've been electrified by some kind of Martian zap-gun - totally and completely awesome.
But again, the rest is just kind of blah...if it doesn't gel it isn't aspic, and I like sticking with the great of this rather than forcing it. To each his own on this one, yo -
...and as always, thank you to Mr. Miller for the upgrade - sounds much better than I remember it from years past -
Subject: Firsts -
Should be noted that this show is the first Bertha, Greatest, Loser, Playin and Wharf Rat. Add the beautiful jam to that and I'm amazing this rocking show doesn't get more attention. Thanks for the upgrade Charlie - It sounds fantastic.
Subject: Great upgrade, Mr. Miller!
Thank you, this is a great upgrade copy for this great show!
Evan S. Hunt -
Subject: Yes, They Really Played This Fast
Just listen to the timbre of Garcia's vocals on the opening song Bertha.
Back in 71 the GD played a song like Bertha with all dispatch. They were still somewhat in 1969 mode. Later in the 90's the band had slowed Bertha down. I much prefer this peppier version.
The organ you hear on this is Ron McKiernan aka Pigpen. This is the six man power band they had become when Mickey joined in 1967. After this night they were the five man power band of old once again. It lasted until the fall when Keith was asked to join.
Pigpen had gotten the hint from the band that he needed to buck up on his organ playing and had attempted to improve himself as a keyboardist. It was too little too late. When they started out as the Warlocks Pig's keys consisted of the newly marketed Vox organ which was relatively easy to play. When the GD invited T.C. to play keys it ignominiously relegated Pig to playing congas.
Garcia later admitted that he was impetuously wrong about dismissing Pig as a "too predictable" organist. He was not, but he was not as good as T.C. and so he took a back seat.
Finally, in Feb of 70, T.C. bowed out gracefully and left the keyboard spot to Pigpen. Ron tried very hard to learn the Hammond B-3 and actually did a pretty passable job on it until his fade-out in 1972. The B-3 is a challenge.
I absolutely adore the lengthy tuneups between songs which were the earmark of their early days. It lent a breathiness to their sets that became nonexistent when they morphed into the quintessential "orchestra" band of the 90's. Ah, you may like ballpark rock, but give me the small movie theater any day. ANY day.
This is a wonderfully exempliary foray into the funky excellence of all things Grateful Dead.
This show is beautifully recorded and presented. The performances are lively and innovative.
20 out of 5 stars.
Subject: This has a famous jam in it,
and the show is generally awesome. Some of the best sound I've heard too. Usual '71 plethora of cowboy songs.
grateful greensky -
Subject: one show down and another to go...
had this show but this Mr.Charlie Miller upgrade is well worth ''getting'' again 3 stars for show 5 for sound,so 4 overall. Grateful!!!
Subject: Historic, Not Great
This is Hart's last show for a few years and there are several "first time" songs, but that does not make a great show.
The jam out of Wharf Rat is awesome, and the rest of the first set is really good (minus Mama Tried).
Set 2 is only average until NFA> GDTRFB> NFA and Uncle John's.
Subject: Thank you Charlie
I'm only up to Truckin' but I know this is a five star performance by the band and Charlie Miller.
This is the last year of top-shelf Grateful Dead - Ron's last year of good health. And his organ is certainly a 'notable presence' on Truckin'.
Is that Pigpen's keyboard on Casey Jones (and elsewhere)? I'm starting to become suspect of that electric piano!
Subject: Did they really play this fast?
Love this era of the Dead especially the growl/bite/edge to Garcia's guitar. But as I listen to Bertha, I am wondering if this recording is running a tad fast or did they really play at that frenetic of a pace in '71. Heck there is an edge to the entire band, just listening to the sheer energy of Truckin'.
This entire run of Port Chester shows is great listening. Pig Pen still a notable presence on the organ. From a historical perspective well worh a listen. 5 out of 5 stars
Subject: Historic Show
So many classic Dead tunes introduced.
The show for me was a bit hit and miss but overall it's high energy and compact (few lengthy jams). Probably a great place to start someone new to the Dead.
The GSET is interesting and was obviously a work in progress. The DS>Wharf Rat>DS is beautiful - don't let the shortness of this DS fool you, they take it into space and back.
Subject: Damn Charlie Miller
Everytime I see that name I know the recording's gonna be the best I can find. Do you plan on posting the rest of the run at any time? I'm always happy to hear your beautiful skills providing me with beautiful music all the time.
Frey Voigt -
Subject: 2-18-71 - 2-18-11 40 years ago today.
Today is the 40th anv. of the Capitol Theater shows in Port Chester N.Y. 1st Bertha, Playing in the band, Greatest story. And check out the Dark Star> Wharf Rat> Dark Star, also known as the Beautiful Jam. (1st Wharf Rat). Charlie Miller has just put one of his masterpieces of this show on the archive. (Also last show for Mickey Hart for over 3 years)
Tx, Fat Man. R.I.P.
Subject: dark star
this is the first time I have seen a dark star wharf rat sandwich. It actually works really nicely!
Don't worry, I do have the complete run from the same source.
Subject: Very nice Upgrade !
My 3rd show - 1st I had the raw sound board and thought it was great then I had the DE-whined patched version of the sound board and thought it was great - but this is just wonderful - would be great if the rest of this run had the same source and sounded as good as this does. Once again Mr. Miller produces the definitive version of a show!
Jack o' Roses -
Subject: Thanks *Again* Dr. Miller
Has someone bestowed a PhD to Charlie yet? There's more than a dissertation's worth of work on the Dead part of IA alone!
Excellent show, Better sound-ESP show! I can see the chakras spinning whenever I listen to this show.
Thanks to the PTB & for PiTB. Hope others enjoy as much as I am!